Below is a terse summary of where we stand ethically with regards to coverage of …Well everything we cover on this website.
We have not (and will not) accept payment (in any form, from physical goods to money) in return for posting an article or a link on our website. We do not accept sponsored or paid-for spots on social media, such as giving a mention, like or share. Also, likes and/or retweets of other people’s shares are not necessarily endorsements.
We have not (and will not) accept free trips, travel or paid for accommodation from companies that we write about, especially if access to news is contingent on said offers. This could be seen as compromising our integrity and that’s, quite frankly, not cool. If access to news relies on affording a company or project preferential editorial treatment we will, in most cases, skip ’em.
We have not (and will not) publish press releases in whole on their own as a news article.
We will not agree to cover a news item/topic/interview that is subject to a specific set of “guidelines” or third-party editorial rules about how we can present the content.
Some news content published on this site may be subject to a timed embargo, the elapse of which we (and other publishers) agree to publish content. This is standard industry practice and generally means you get timely, accurate news.
Some news content published on this site may be subject to a non-disclosure agreement. This is incredibly rare, and typically concerns commercially sensitive commercial news.
Where we receive review samples (e.g, hardware, steam code, pre-release access) it is disclosed in the article relating to it. We never accept a review sample on condition of writing a “good review”, not mentioning specific flaws, or anything else. Around 99.9% of all review units are returned (again, as is industry practice).
If there is a conflict of interest, be it professional or personal, between article topic and author it is disclosed in the article copy.
We do not personally back crowd-funding projects that we write about. This helps to keep boundaries distinct and avoid bias.
We do not use affiliate links, codes or similar ‘reward’ systems any more. We did, in our early days, benefit from Dropbox & UbuntuOne’s ‘get 2GB of free storage space by referring new users‘.
If there’s anything you feel we’ve missed or need to clarify, give us a poke on twitter @omgubuntu or via the contact form at the top of the page.